Afterglow: “Light or radiance remaining after a light source has disappeared.”
“A pleasant effect or feeling that lingers after something is done, experienced or achieved.”
When I heard that Clarence Jones - a psychologist, activist and respected colleague who for several years co-facilitated workshops with my husband that created a creative, safe space for people to think and talk about issues of race – had died, I knew one thing: that his funeral would feature great stories about a great true storyteller. His son Clancy - about whom his father beamed with pride when he made it to the NFL and played with the New Orleans Saints - started his eulogy with some anecdotes about many pre-game consults with his father - a skilled strategist and athlete himself – and then dug into the brutal force of racism that shaped Clarence's early life.
These stories, told in the context of events in our social history, were Clarence’s teaching tools in the racism workshops. He changed pe…